Монологи на английском языке с текстом и переводом. №25. Тема: Долгое путешествие в Австралию на свадьбу.

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More and more of us are trying to do our bit for the environment. But would you go as far as Barbara Haddrill? Six years ago, Barbara, from Powys in Wales, decided to make big changes to her lifestyle because she was worried about climate change, especially about the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that she herself was producing.
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So she stopped driving, and she started buying organic food from local shops and using a wood fire to heat her home. But then Barbara was invited to be a bridesmaid at her best friend's wedding in Australia. The flight to Australia takes 24 hours and produces a huge amount of carbon dioxide emissions. But she really wanted to go to the wedding. So now she had a terrible dilemma. To fly or not to fly?
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Instead of flying, Barbara decided to travel to Australia overland! She travelled by train and bus through Russia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, then by boat to Singapore, and finally to Australia. The epic journey took her nearly two months. Fortunately, Barbara works part-time at the Centre for Alternative Technology and they were happy to give her such a long holiday.
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But... how much has Barbara really done to help the planet? Let's compare the two journeys. Barbara's trip cost her £2,000. She travelled 14,004 miles, and it took her 51 days. The total amount of CO2 emissions her trip produced was 1.65 tonnes. If she had travelled by plane, it would have cost her a quarter of the price, only £450, she would have travelled 10,273 miles, and it would have taken her just 25 hours.
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But the CO2 emissions would have been 2.7 tonnes. So yes, Barbara's overland journey did produce less carbon dioxide. On the other hand, of course, if she hadn't gone at all, she wouldn't have produced any emissions. So, what do you think of Barbara's trip? We would be very interested in hearing your comments. You can email us at:
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